Male mating success in a fiddler crab: a lesson in sample sizes
Autotomy and regrowth of a body part occurs in many animal species. It is costly to regrow the limb and there are often additional long-term costs in, for example, limb strength, foraging efficiency and even mating success. In the fiddler crab Uca mjoebergi, 7 % of males have autotomized and regrown their large claw at some point in their lives. Previous work has shown that there is a great disadvantage to having a regenerated claw. While these males are able to attract mate-searching females...[Show more]
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